SAN FRANCISCO–XebiaLabs, the recognized leader in enterprise-class DevOps and Continuous Delivery software, today announced the latest addition to the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform. XL Impact is the first goal-based DevOps Intelligence solution that optimizes DevOps performance and measures the business impact of DevOps initiatives.
Materially different from standard reporting or simple dashboarding, XL Impact combines DevOps best practices with historical analysis, machine learning, and data from across an enterprise’s software delivery tool chain to highlight trends, predict outcomes, and recommend actions for improvement. Guided by XL Impact’s integrated KPIs and predictive analytics, enterprises can optimize their software delivery pipelines, mitigate release risk, and drive ROI for their DevOps initiatives.
Challenge: How to Measure DevOps Impact on Business Results
Companies across the globe are spending millions to adopt the DevOps paradigm for building software. Budgets are growing, but with so many new processes, so many teams, and so many disparate tools in the Continuous Delivery pipeline, enterprises ultimately struggle to measure DevOps success, proactively identify areas to improve, and demonstrate clear ROI for their initiatives.
According to Gartner, “DevOps projects are usually initiated because of a need to improve support of the business, yet most IT organizations find it difficult to map the critical success factors for their new products to their business-metrics impacts.” (Gartner, Inc., Data-Driven DevOps: Use Metrics to Guide Your Journey, George Spafford & Ian Head, July 13, 2017).
Applying DevOps Intelligence to Uncover the Business Impact of DevOps
The growth of DevOps activity across organizations is outpacing the ability of those organizations to track appropriate performance and business metrics. XL Impact closes this chasm by delivering the first DevOps Intelligence solution that uses goal-based KPIs and predictive analytics to help companies optimize DevOps performance. Using XL Impact, companies get X-ray vision into the health of their complete software delivery value stream.
Goal-Based DevOps KPIs
Unlike other solutions, which only look at point metrics, XL Impact focuses on specific DevOps goals such as “improve quality” and “increase speed of delivery,” automatically delivering the KPIs companies need to monitor to meet their goals. It presents clear, “DevOps-aware” context around these metrics so it’s easy to understand the meaning behind the numbers and to direct optimization efforts most effectively.
Data-Driven Recommendations and Decision Support
XL Impact closes the “data gap” across disparate DevOps tools and provides context-specific recommendations to optimize processes based on current status, release history, machine learning, predictive analytics, and DevOps best practices. Armed with hard data and intelligent insights, teams can make the best decisions that will continue to improve their DevOps processes.
Predictive Analytics that Identify Trends and Highlight Risk
A known risk is a risk that can be quickly mitigated. XL Impact highlights risk based on current release status and predictive analytics, so teams can address issues before they become problems. With its insightful trend analysis, teams can spot high-performing processes as well as bottlenecks and trouble spots, so they know immediately which processes to replicate elsewhere and which need fixing.
One Control Panel for DevOps Impact and ROI
With KPIs, trends, and metrics correlated across tools and clearly presented in a single view, teams fully understand the impact of their DevOps initiatives. And they can share that impact and demonstrate ROI to stakeholders with dashboards specifically curated for DevOps. The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform presents a dynamic, living infographic of past, present, and predicted future states of an enterprise’s release pipeline in a single holistic view.
“XL Impact is the first solution to help companies understand the impact of their DevOps initiatives. It is unique in the market because it uses goal-based KPIs derived from DevOps best practices. It provides meaning behind the numbers, predicts outcomes, and recommends actions,” said XebiaLabs CEO, Derek Langone. “This is a game-changer for IT teams, who in the past had to rely on manual data collection or unrelated dashboard tiles to guestimate the results of their DevOps initiatives. Now, everybody from DevOps team member to Agile coach, from development manager to CIO, can see the impact of their DevOps activities immediately and quantitatively and make the best decisions to optimize software delivery.”
“Large-scale digital transformation initiatives typically involve many tools and data points across thousands of software delivery pipelines,” said Stefan Simenon, Head of COE Tooling and COE Software Development at ABN AMRO. “It is very challenging to understand performance trends and the true business impact of such initiatives. We think XL Impact’s goal-based DevOps KPIs will offer a powerful new way to manage and improve your software delivery.”
“Clear metrics based on best practices are essential for the success of DevOps initiatives. Companies have struggled for years to properly assess the overall impact of their efforts to improve software delivery,” said Nicole Forsgren, Founder and CEO of DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). “XebiaLabs’ XL Impact provides a new and unique way to assess DevOps performance. Its outcome-based metrics allow organizations to strategically build, track, and adjust roadmaps for their DevOps transformations.”
XL Impact is a cloud-based SaaS solution and is available now.
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XebiaLabs develops enterprise-scale Continuous Delivery and DevOps software, providing companies with the visibility, automation and control they need to deliver software faster and with less risk. Global market leaders rely on XebiaLabs to meet the increasing demand for accelerated and more reliable software releases.
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